The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on the Aging Services Network and the Older Adults They Serve

Read findings from a new survey by NCOA that reveals an untold story about the nation’s opioid epidemic—how the crisis is eroding the quality of life of older adults and the ability of local organizations to serve them.

To gain insight into how the opioid epidemic is affecting the aging services network and the older adults they serve, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed its aging services
network of grantees and partners. The survey was intended to understand how older adults and their caregivers are affected by the opioid epidemic and identify new resources and tools needed for organizations to better serve their communities. The survey request was sent by email to NCOA’s Center for Benefits Access and Center for Healthy Aging lists of community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve older adults. This short online survey was administered in early 2019. Respondents represented a diverse group of organizations and agencies across the country. More than 200 CBOs responded from 40 states and Puerto Rico